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December 1, 2016

Do you ever wonder about how a court reporter gets such a great transcript to you after your deposition and the steps she takes to accomplish this? The Scenario: You’ve just completed an all-day deposition of an expert witness in your case and you’ve lightened the load in your briefcase by giving all your exhibits to the court reporter.  You’ve told her that you need the transcript expedited.  You’ve been watching the realtime screen all day, so you know how clean the transcript is.  It can’t be that difficult or take that long to get the transcript ready for delivery, right? W...

August 30, 2016

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People read reviews and reviews have a heavy impact on whether or not they spend their money on something.

There is perhaps nothing more important to consumers than seeing the opinions of other consumers about the products and services they are thinking about spending their money on. About 90% of all consumer have read online reviews at some point in the time (it’s nearly impossible to avoid them on sites like Amazon), while about that same percentage put as much trust in those reviews as they would in the recommendation from a friend.

Following are som...

July 27, 2016

With great power comes great responsibility. Folks in the legal field are required to keep certain communications and information a secret from non-clients. You need to understand, given your position of trust, that the convenience and speed of e-mail, computers, mobile devices, and the Internet come with a price. The price is your ongoing responsibility to take prudent steps to safeguard your clients’ information and communications.

Prudence, ethics, reasonableness and the law require you to have an increasing level of competence about, among other things, cybersecurity: e-mail se...

June 30, 2016

Electronic discovery (sometimes known as e-discovery, ediscovery, eDiscovery, or e-Discovery) is the electronic aspect of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information (ESI) in response to a request for production in a law suit or investigation. ESI includes, but is not limited to, emails, documents, presentations, databases, voicemail, audio and video files, social media, and web sites.

The processes and technologies around e-discovery are often complex because of the sheer volume of electronic data produced and stored. Additionally, unlike hardcopy...

June 6, 2016


The world can’t come up with enough superlatives to describe Muhammad Ali after his death this weekend. Even in his later years largely out of the public eye he remained a symbol of pure greatness. He was a champion in all facets of life.


Perhaps his most important victory, though, came outside of the boxing ring when he earned a unanimous 8-0 decision at the Supreme Court while challenging a criminal conviction for refusing to report for military duty during the Vietnam War draft.


In what would become a landmark case for conscientious objectors, the Supreme Court issued a p...

May 23, 2016

Some attorneys may doubt that LinkedIn marketing can bring in new business for their firm. Below is an infographic to show you the power of LinkedIn’s reach for lawyers.




Here are the six stats sourced to LinkedIn data in 2015 and why they matter:


1.  LinkedIn had 182 million unique visitors worldwide in Q4 of 2014.

LinkedIn is currently one of the fastest growing social media platforms. If you think your ideal client isn’t using LinkedIn, then you are certainly wrong.

Professionals are signing up for an account at a rate of more than 2 members per second. It is more than like...

May 17, 2016

With so many efficiency-boosting technologies available today to help you manage and grow your law firm, it is sometimes difficult to identify the right ones to implement. Given recent trends, it is abundantly clear that law firms will focus their investments on technologies that can have the greatest impact on growing their bottom line. Due to its numerous benefits, including significant productivity gains, cost savings and employee safety, videoconferencing tops the list.


Sometimes there is no way for attorneys to avoid out-of-town depositions, or the travel, expenses and time a...

Every move you make and every picture you take is posted online, so do you mind if people are tracking you? There are more than a dozen smartphone applications on the market that allow people to spy on you surreptitiously and many more with various tracking abilities requiring your consent.


The Government Accountability Office just reviewed 40 such tracking apps at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee, finding possible violations of federal wiretapping laws and stalking statutes when the apps are used as suggested. The authorities also discovered a sneaky way companies ge...

May 13, 2016


To become a US citizen you will have to show continuous residence in this country. How long you must live here depends on the nature of your immigration application.

Because people's citizenship applications are based on different grounds -- for example: work, humanitarian grounds, or marriage to an American spouse -- the rules vary somewhat, and there are also limited exceptions to the continuous residence requirement. Let's look at the obligations, and when the clock starts ticking.


Ticking Clock 

Your residence clock starts running on the day you become a Lawful Permanent Reside...

April 22, 2016


In today’s technology-filled world, some people may question why so many courts and attorneys still rely on human court reporters instead of automated systems. There are some very clear advantages to using live court reporters instead of electronic reporting systems.


Following are five key benefits that only a “real” court reporter can deliver.




An electronic system may be fast but can never actually match the accuracy of a live reporter. An easy way to understand this is to consider the ability to distinguish sounds that need to be recorded versus those that do n...

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